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08/11/2012

On Location Illuminate The Industry With ArcGen Hilta

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Supplying onsite power equipment to the television and film industry, High Wycombe based On Location Hire needed a portable lighting solution for onsite illumination for some of the UK’s biggest TV and film projects.
With a range of generators, bowsers and lighting towers all carefully selected to meet the demands of location work, On Location Hire is one of the leading suppliers of location equipment to the UK’s events, TV and film industry.
With an increasing client base, On Location Hire is investing in the latest power equipment innovations to remain at the forefront of its industry.
Steve Line, co-owner of On Location Hire with his brother, Matty, said: "We are always on the lookout for new and innovative products to add to our portfolio, and we recently identified the need for behind the scenes lighting. A very large amount of filming is done at night or in low light level situations, such as woodland, and we needed a portable, bright and efficient lighting solution to offer our customers."
After previously investing in a fleet of ArcGen Hilta’s UltraSilent Denyo ‘Eventer’ Generators, On Location Hire returned to ArcGen Hilta to invest the Lumaphore, their latest, and most innovative, soft lighting product.
On Location Hire purchased eight of the soft lighting kits in total, and became the first company in any industry to purchase Lumaphore.
A new concept in temporary lighting, the Lumaphore Portable Temporary Lighting Kit is ideal for use in the TV, film and events industries. Its lightweight and compact design allows light to be moved quickly and safely to required areas, and three retractable stabilisers ensure that the kit is stable and secure. It is also one of the quietest lighting solution on the market, making it ideal for use in the television and film industry.
The Lumaphore comes with 200mm inflatable wheels as standard, but can be modified with 260mm or 400mm wheels to better suit work on uneven terrains.
The soft light system is lightweight and robust, weighing just 8kg and measuring just 91cm in length. With an illumination area of 1500m2, Lumaphore is the optimal temporary lighting solution for on site projects where wide reaching light is required, yet space is at a premium.
Steve Line said: "As soon as ArcGen Hilta mentioned the Lumaphore we were interested – there is no other product currently on the market that you can compare it to in terms of portability and effectiveness.
"They light up a 360° area and are extremely bright for their size – one Lumaphore does the work of about three traditional directed work lights that were previously being used. They also have extremely low power requirements and can be run off a 13A socket, which is very useful when you are lighting a set in the middle of nowhere.
"They are also extremely portable which is an essential attribute for onsite equipment – you can fit two or three Lumaphore in a standard car and then transport them to site when needed. This is obviously much easier and more cost effective for production companies, as they are not having to pay out for extra vehicles to transport equipment to remote locations. The Lumaphore is also ultra silent, which is an absolute necessity when filming, as background noise has to be kept to a minimum.
"They are used in a very wide variety of applications, including lighting up cast and crew areas, makeup retouching, lighting up a set when a night time scene has finished. The Lumaphore provides instant light, even when hot, which is integral when light is required immediately when the crew have finished shooting."
The Lumaphore has now been used on some of On Location Hire’s biggest projects, including national outdoor and marquee events. They are also making a name for themselves on the silver screen after being used on some of the UK’s biggest filming projects, including James Bond: Skyfall , Les Misérables and latest on screen adaptation of Anna Karenina starring Jude Law and Keira Knightley. The temporary lighting kit has also experienced its fifteen minutes of fame following an appearance on popular BBC drama ‘Silent Witness’, where the Lumaphore could be seen lighting up the crime scene.
Steve said: "ArcGen Hilta has developed colour filters for the Lumaphore, which means that we will be using them more frequently at weddings and marquee events for ambience. We are planning to purchase more Lumaphore in the future, as we simply cannot find fault with them, and they really are a market leading product."
www.arcgenhilta.com
VMI.TV Ltd

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